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Montana business climate, manufacturer incentives, and advantages of MT communities

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Montana Business Data*


Population: 974,989
Total Labor Force: 519,700
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Number of Manufacturers: 1,688
Manufacturing Jobs: 25,354
Right to Work: No
Unemp. Ins. Tax: 0.82–6.12%
Corporate Income Tax:

Sales Tax:

Property Tax:
Most property is appraised by Department of Revenue employees in regional offices. Local governments determine the mill levy requirements for each taxing jurisdiction. Property tax abatements include: New industrial property; pollution control equipment, gasahol producing equipment; electrolytic reduction facilities; property devoted to research and development; new or expanding industries; expanding “valueadded” machinery and equipment. Exemptions include: Intagible personal property; business inventories; machinery and equipment used for the production of ethanol from grain; business equipment with an aggregate market value of less than $20,000; industrial parks.

Leading Manufacturing Industries:
(by % of total manufacturing employment)
14% Lumber and wood products
11% Printing and publishing
11% Food and kindred products
9% Industrial machinery and equipment
7% Fabricated metal products

Largest Manufacturing Establishments:
(by number of employees)
Stillwater Mining Co. (Nye) - 850
Applied Materials (Kalispell) - 550
Plum Creek Timber Co., Inc. (Kalispell) - 450
Western Energy Co. (Colstrip) - 380
Montana Resources, LLP (Butte) - 345
Counties with the Most Manufacturing Jobs:
Yellowstone - 6,810
Gallatin - 4,189
Flathead - 3,767
Missoula - 3,617
Cascade - 2,138

Cities with the Most Manufacturing Jobs:
Billings - 6,086
Missoula - 3,345
Kalispell - 2,557
Bozeman - 2,459
Great Falls - 1,955

Manufacturing Related Business Incentives:
• Montana Board of Investments Business Finance Programs
• Community Development Block Grant Economic Development Program
• Workforce Training Grant Program
• Microbusiness Development Centers
• Montana Small Business Credit Initiative (MT SSBCI)
• Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology (MBRCT) Investment Programs
• Montana SBIR/STTR Matching Funds Program (MSMFP)
• Montana Facility Finance Authority Municipal Bond Program
• One-Stop Business Licensing
• Alternative Energy Producers Tax Credit
• Alternative Fuel Conservation Tax Credit
• Biodiesel Blending and Storage Tax Credit
• Capital Gains and Dividends from Small Business Investment Company Tax Exemption
• Contractor's Gross Receipts Tax Credit
• Credit for Increasing Research Activities
• Empowerment Zone Tax Credit
• Infrastructure Users Fee Tax Credit
• Mineral and Coal Exploration Incentive Tax Credit
• New/Expanded Industry Tax Credit
• Tax Increment Financing
• Montana Board of Investments Loan and Investment Programs

Looking to reach Montana manufacturers? Access the Montana Manufacturers Database compiled by MNI.

*Manufacturing stats updated on 6/20/2014. All other stats updated on 6/20/2014. Listings updated on 9/1/2014.

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